Blackboard Updates 2017

New Features coming to Blackboard this Fall 2017

Blackboard has made recent improvements in functionality that we’d like you to explore before integrating them into our UIC system in the upgrade planned for August 12, 2017.

Simply use the following link and your current instructor login credentials to access UIC’s Blackboard preview site where you can safely play with the new features without impacting your current courses:

Here is a highlight of what you can explore. When you are ready, send your feedback to


New look
- Blackboard color scheme, fonts, and overall look are updated for readability and function. Here is a video that shows your new customization options.

Responsive design
- Accessing the full desktop version of Blackboard from your mobile device will be easier as content adjusts for readability on mobile phone browsers and tablets.

Improved discussion forum navigation
 - Navigate to the next or previous thread in a discussion from the Thread Detail page without having to navigate back up to the Discussion Forum page.

Assignment upload receipts and confirmation notifications
- A submission receipt is captured at the time of submission and includes information such as attached file information, date, and time. This provides academic records and gives students assurance about their work submission. To see an example of this functionality, watch this short video.

Drag and drop file attachments
- Easily attach files to Course Items and Assignments by dragging files from your computer to the “hot spot” in the attach files area.


Additionally, the following tools that integrate with Blackboard have been added/improved. Check out the new features and keep an eye out out for Quick Guides coming soon:

Collaborate Ultra: webinar tool for interactive sessions that replaces the java-based old Blackboard Collaborate. You can add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact right in your browser. Watch a video preview of the new interface that will appear inside your course. Additionally this is a quick tour of all the important features and controls in the user interface.

ShareStream: video streaming tool with a new mashup for one step publishing and the improved ability to upload and publish multiple files at once.

VoiceThread: asynchronous communication tool for audio-based discussions that will replace Voice Tools. 

Use your browser on your desktop or mobile device to access the Blackboard preview site at and explore these improved features and tools. When you're ready, send your feedback by emailing

Last updated: 

July 19, 2017